Charging the iPhone 4S when visiting Rwanda

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Rwandan power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pin Type C power adapter and charging the iPhone 4S using a three pin Type J power adapter.

Rwandan power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially to the first time traveller. This page has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 4S when staying in Rwanda.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 4S when you're visiting Rwanda using the Type J or C Rwandan 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sockets differ depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When visiting Rwanda from another region ensure that your iPhone 4S can be charged using a 240v supply. If the iPhone 4S was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 4S.

Charging the iPhone 4S in Rwanda

Can you use the iPhone 4S in Rwanda?

You can use the iPhone 4S in Rwanda by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Rwanda?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than your iPhone 4S then the best travel charger for Rwanda to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Rwandans use two different types of power outlets (types J and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your iPhone 4S can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your iPhone 4S at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Rwanda

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 4S, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Rwanda and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Rwanda using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Rwanda.
What is the best power adapter for the iPhone 4S in Rwanda?

Charging the iPhone 4S from a Rwandan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the iPhone 4S from a Rwandan power outlet with the Apple USB 30 pin connector with a two pin Type C power adapter.

  1. To charge the iPhone 4S from a Rwandan power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], this USB cable is normally already included with the device.
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Rwandan power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the Apple 30 pin USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Turn on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 4S is powering up taking roughly 60 to 240 minutes to fully recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 4S from a Rwandan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Rwandan power outlet

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 4S from a Rwandan power outlet with a 30-pin cable and a 3 pin Type J power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPhone 4S using the Rwandan power outlet you will need to buy a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (this USB cable is normally already included with the iPhone 4S).
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type J USB power adapter and inserting it in the wall supply. You can identify the squashed hexagon shaped plug supply by the three large holes forming a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 4S.
  4. Turn on the Rwandan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of the phone will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone is charging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your iPhone 4S from a Rwandan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwanda - Rwanda Wiki page
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, costing under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$15).
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  7. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J mains power outlet, estimated price under $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).